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Lighting Research Center Launches a New Collaborative Initiative

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which is the world's leading center for lighting research and education, has launched the Lighting Energy Alliance. It is a new collaborative initiative to increase the benefits of lighting while reducing its environmental and monetary costs.

In order to produce the information needed to reduce lighting energy use effectively, Member utilities and efficiency agencies will direct the work of the Lighting Energy Alliance. The charter members are Efficiency Vermont, National Grid and Energize Connecticut.

Dan Mellinger, a representative of Efficiency Vermont, which helps all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont's environment, expressed that there would be a great need for research on how to improve lighting efficiency without sacrificing quality. Because lighting accounts for approximately 18 percent of electricity use in the U.S., so it will play a significant role in energy efficiency efforts.

Edward Bartholomew of National Grid, an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks, explained that efficiency programs often tended to light source efficacy improvements traditionally. But recent legislative and market are changing, so efforts will need to be redirected to more advanced efficiency measures to continue making gains.

One representative of Energize Connecticut, an initiative that helps you save money and use clean energy, Sam Fankhauser thought consumers are feeling overwhelmed by the wide range of new lighting options , so efficiency programs need to have a clear understanding about what lighting options are the most effective and will provide high quality lighting for users.

The Lighting Energy Alliance will meet the needs of above members through product testing, field evaluations, laboratory research, education, and other methods. The Alliance’s work will span a wide range of topics, which are likely to include lighting controls, efficient light sources, day lighting, lighting design, and human factors. The Alliance is uniquely positioned by being at the LRC because it can tie into the leading research being conducted in light and health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, and other areas.

LRC director of energy programs Jeremy Snyder, who is leading the Alliance expressed that The Lighting Energy Alliance has the ability to perform the original lighting research that is critically needed right now .

If you are interested in joining the Lighting Energy Alliance, visit for more details: http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/programs/LightingEnergyAlliance/LEA.pdf

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